Few More Questions - Vicon Kubota Wagtail Pendulum Spreaders

leeave96

Member
Firstly - much thanks for the replies in my other thread...

What kind of options do you have on your Vicon Kubota wagtail spreader, ie grid, hydraulic cylinder open/close, etc. What options do you consider essential - or none?

I realize fertilizer and rust run hand in hand, but how are these spreaders for rusting-up and on the flip side cleaning up? Any tips or trips on cleaning them?

Any wear parts you keep on the shelf?

I’m close to ordering a new Kubota VS1000 (Vicon PS1004) and looking for as much sage advice as possible before placing the order.

Thanks again!
 

nashmach

Well-Known Member
Only option worth it is the hydraulic open/close and possibly a cover. I would go for a bigger model though. That one will hold 2x500kg bags but will be no good if you go back to the yard with a small bit in it. Would suggest a 1354.

Easiest spreader to clean thanks to the hopper and would not be carrying any spares bar possibly the tip on the end of the spout.
 

ZetorMan98

Well-Known Member
I’ve an older Vicon 602 that I gave a full going over including paint about 2 years ago. I’d agree with what Nash said above. Go a bit bigger than you need. Mine will hold about 600-650kg maybe a touch more at a push. Its plenty big for the amount I spread. I can empty a full top lift into it with a small bit in the bottom of the hopper.
I have the hydraulic shutoff on mine and being honest I’d be lost without it. It doesn’t matter what tractor it’s on, there’s no danger of a handle getting stuck in the back window or not being in the right place to operate it. I’ve never had a mesh screen or anything else so can’t comment, but I’d definitely see an advantage of having a cover.
As mentioned, they’re a breeze to clean out. I use a garden hose here on the gearbox and hopper. Id only use the power washer if there’s a lot of dust on the frame that won’t come off with the hose. Grease it after every wash to displace any water that may have got in the bearings. I throw a shot of WD40 on the steel plate in the bottom of the hopper. May be better to coat in oil but I just used whatever was handy at the time. I don’t know what the paint is like on the new ones so can’t comment on that but I believe a few on here have been less than impressed with the paint on other brands of wagtails.
I don’t bother to keep any parts for mine. They’re very readily available should you need anything.
 

leeave96

Member
Thanks for the info - very much appreciated. The suggestion for moving to the larger spreader - 1354, is a great idea, along with a cover and hydraulic open/close. My dilemma is I am in the US and Kubota's largest offering in the pendulum/wagtail spreader is the VS1000 (Vicon PS1004) and it is 2,200 lb capacity. We do not have 500kg bags of fertilizer near me, but 1 ton bags (2,000 lbs), so I'm kind of stuck with the VS1000. It should take a full bag, but point well taken regarding returning to the barn to refill with some left over fertilizer.

The reason I'm posting over here is - these pendulum/wagtail spreaders are almost non-existent here. I have really been reading this forum and much appreciate all the replies. I think for our small hay farm this spreader will work out great and sounds like they are long lasting too.

So where I'm at on my list is:
VS1000
Hydraulic open/close
Grid
Cover
Fine seed kit

Other options I haven't added to the list are:
Lighting set
Agitator (for power type materials, lime, sand, etc)
Stainless steel liner (for abrasive materials like sand)
Calibration container - on the fence on this one. I could see it paying for itself over time with less wasted fertilizer?
Pivoting wheels - look handy but very expensive.

Again - thanks and any sage advice is much appreciated!
 

nashmach

Well-Known Member
Oh sorry I hadn't realised you were in the US!

In that case, I would probably keep a full spout as a spare to be sure.

On the other options, I wouldn't bother to be honest apart from the lighting kit if it's a legal requirement over there.
 

Bot.exe

Well-Known Member
Thanks for the info - very much appreciated. The suggestion for moving to the larger spreader - 1354, is a great idea, along with a cover and hydraulic open/close. My dilemma is I am in the US and Kubota's largest offering in the pendulum/wagtail spreader is the VS1000 (Vicon PS1004) and it is 2,200 lb capacity. We do not have 500kg bags of fertilizer near me, but 1 ton bags (2,000 lbs), so I'm kind of stuck with the VS1000. It should take a full bag, but point well taken regarding returning to the barn to refill with some left over fertilizer.

The reason I'm posting over here is - these pendulum/wagtail spreaders are almost non-existent here. I have really been reading this forum and much appreciate all the replies. I think for our small hay farm this spreader will work out great and sounds like they are long lasting too.

So where I'm at on my list is:
VS1000
Hydraulic open/close
Grid
Cover
Fine seed kit

Other options I haven't added to the list are:
Lighting set
Agitator (for power type materials, lime, sand, etc)
Stainless steel liner (for abrasive materials like sand)
Calibration container - on the fence on this one. I could see it paying for itself over time with less wasted fertilizer?
Pivoting wheels - look handy but very expensive.

Again - thanks and any sage advice is much appreciated!
What are you planning to spread with the machine? Just fertilizer?
 

leeave96

Member
Oh sorry I hadn't realised you were in the US!

In that case, I would probably keep a full spout as a spare to be sure.

On the other options, I wouldn't bother to be honest apart from the lighting kit if it's a legal requirement over there.
Thanks - no lighting required here. I will add a spare spout to the list. Thanks again?
 

leeave96

Member
Is that a genuine vintage Gibson banjo in your video?
No - it is not a vintage Gibson. There are 3 parts to the video series digging into the history of the banjo figuring this out and a path forward with the banjo. I uploaded up the final video today. Here it is:

Thanks!
 

TAFKAT

Well-Known Member
No - it is not a vintage Gibson. There are 3 parts to the video series digging into the history of the banjo figuring this out and a path forward with the banjo. I uploaded up the final video today. Here it is:

Thanks!
Ah I see, I hadn't actually noticed the videos about the banjo, I just saw it at the end of the video you have linked in your profile. I must check them out :thumbup1:
 
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